Colombia La Pradera
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Dried figs, plums, brown sugar, musk, spices. Sweet, complex coffee with fermented notes
Process: Natural anaerobic
Variety: Red caturra
Altitude: 1600 masl
SCA score: 87-88
Finca La Pradera is owned by Oscar Daza, located in Santander region, near Aratoca village. Oscar explained his great faith in shade production, and we counted no fewer than 15 different tree species. Finca La Pradera is organic and bird friendly certified.
The Bird Friendly standards are the strictest of all environmental standards. Farms must not only be certified organic, but also meet additional criteria to ensure the forest cover serving as a habitat for birds and other wildlife is preserved. Bird Friendly coffees therefore offer all the environmental benefits of an organic coffee. These additional standards call for at least 40% shade coverage and serve to regulate the diversity and size of the trees making up the forest canopy. They ensure a variety of habitats exist, supporting an abundance of wildlife. Surveys conducted by biologists have revealed that a shade coffee plantation harbours almost as much biodiversity as a rainforest.